US needs September 'shutdown' to fix Senate 'mess'

03 May, 2017, 21:33 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • Trump: US needs September 'shutdown' to fix Senate 'mess'

The aim has become very simple for House Republicans stumbling closer to passing a bill to revise the Affordable Care Act: just get it off their plates and over to the Senate...

Republicans, who hold 52 seats in the upper chamber, will need eight Democrats to vote in favor of the legislation to avoid a filibuster.

Frustration is mounting for conservatives on the heels of another legislative loss - the 2017 spending bill. "I don't anticipate a shutdown in September, but if the Democrats aren't going to behave any better than they have in the last couple of days, it may be inevitable", he said.

Almost every week, there has been news about changes to the bill being made, followed by optimism that a vote will be held to pass it, followed by the reality setting in that the bill would fail in a vote. "Now is the time to do it", said Ross, quoting the No. 2 House Republican.

Tuesday's broadside was the second time in recent days that Trump, a NY real estate mogul turned politician accustomed to giving orders to officials working for him and having them carried out, complained about the legislative process in the Senate. "We're not going to do that".

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, asked about the tweet, said: "I do wish somebody would take his iPhone away from him".

Roughly 16 members are undecided, but thus far, there are no public tweaks to the bill. Speculation has centered around additional money for high risk pools, for instance.

"Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida said Tuesday that leadership told the GOP caucus: "'We're nearly there.'" Webster said "that means they're not there.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and White House economic adviser Gary Cohn on Monday said in separate interviews with CBS' "This Morning" that they thought there were enough votes to pass the bill this week. Upton's defection could make it easier for other moderates to vote no.

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His view appeared to be backed by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham who said: "I think the Democrats cleaned our clock". Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said he was "deeply disappointed" in Trump's calls for a shutdown.

But most healthcare experts and patient advocates dispute this, noting that the House GOP plan would allow states to scrap many protections put in place by Obamacare, as the law is often called.

How did Obamacare change how preexisting conditions are handled?

The speaker and House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy used the conference meeting to stress the urgency and the stakes of the push to repeal Obamacare, sources in the room said.

Republican leaders, whose party holds a majority in both chambers of Congress, have struggled for almost two months to persuade enough GOP members in the House to support the bill, which would repeal and replace key parts of Obamacare. A second is the public's association of Republicans with anti-government sentiment: If someone has shut down the government, the enemies of government are the people you'd expect to be responsible. While the House leadership is still trying to pass its latest version, it looks unlikely, because politically speaking it's a giant mess of a bill.

"I think it's time now, right?" he said. Now he's been promised that there will be a separate bill to fix that issue later.

(President Trump) "After years of partisan bickering, and gridlock, this bill is a clear win for the American people".

Ryan however said the President had been "nothing but helpful" on health care.

A 21st, congressman Fred Upton, came out opposed, saying he was uncomfortable with a new amendment which allows states to remove essential health benefits, including protections that require insurance providers to offer coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions.

TRUMP: Yeah, we're having pre-existing conditions.


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